By Your Side In Medical Malpractice Cases
Are you the victim of medical malpractice or negligent medical care? Have you considered a medical malpractice lawsuit? With more than 75 years of combined experience as a courtroom team, Heller Trakhtman & Associates may be able to help. In addition to their legal knowledge, attorney Steven Trakhtman is also a physician’s assistant. His medical background gives the team an advantage in medical malpractice and personal injury cases.
What Is Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice occurs when you suffer additional harm as a result of negligent medical care by a doctor, hospital or medical provider – which could be the result of a poor diagnosis, bad medication dosage, an error in health management, poor treatment or poor aftercare. The plaintiff must show that the medical error caused considerable damage – classified as suffering, enduring hardship, constant pain, considerable loss of income or disability.
A medical malpractice lawsuit must be filed within two years of when you knew about the action or inaction of your medical provider in the state of Illinois. Wisconsin residents must file a medical malpractice suit within three years of the date of injury or one year from the date that the injury was discovered. There is no cap on medical malpractice damages in Illinois.
Get Started Today
The first step is to file an Affidavit of Merit in Illinois malpractice cases. This document states that you (as the plaintiff) or your attorney have consulted a medical professional who is:
- Knowledgeable about the medical issues in the case
- Has practiced or taught medicine in the past six years in a field that is relevant to the case
- Has experience or medical competence on the case subject matter
The Affidavit of Merit must include a written report by the cited health care professional that states there is a “reasonable and meritorious case” for a medical malpractice lawsuit. Documents must be filed within 90 days of the filing of the lawsuit. The case may be dismissed without an accurate Affidavit of Merit.
The attorneys at Heller Trakhtman & Associates can help you create and file an Affidavit of Merit for your medical malpractice case and will help you navigate the legal roadblocks in your case. Contact them today by phone at 847-929-9624 or use the email form.